The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Edo Tea Ceremony Utensil Basket made from Samurai Armor

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1900: Item # 1409747

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A very unusual pouch like basket called a chakago made from the re-purposed plates of a Samurai Armor Haidate which protected the thighs of a warrior. This is emblazoned with a gold family crest. A chakago is made for carrying the tools of the tea ceremony (Chawan, whisk, scoop, natsume, chakin etc) and can take many forms, from a simple wooden box to bamboo baskets lined with exotic cloth or decorated with maki-e lacquer designs or even Kinkara patterned leather. The basket is roughly 7 x 8 x 5 inches (17 x 21 x 12.5 cm) plus the expandable upper cloth. There is some loss to the lacquer on the black leather tiles which may be why they were re-purposed.